Sunday, June 13, 2004



Life isn't about keeping score.
It's not about how many friends you have
Or how accepted you are.
Not about if you have plans this weekend or if
   you're alone.
It isn't about who you're dating, who you used to date,
   how many people you've dated, or if you haven't been
   with anyone at all.
It isn't about who you have kissed.
It's not about sex.
It isn't about who your family is or how much money
   they have.
Or what kind of car you drive.
Or where you are sent to school.
It's not about how beautiful or ugly you are.
Or what clothes you wear, what shoes you have on,
   or what kind of music you listen to.
It's not about if your hair is blonde, red, black, or brown.
Or if your skin is too light or too dark.
Not about what grades you get, how smart you are,
   how smart everybody else thinks you are, or how
   smart standardized tests say you are.
It's not about what clubs you're in or how good you
   are at "your" sport.
It's not about representing your whole being on a piece
   of paper and seeing who will "accept" the written you.


But, life is about who you love and who you hurt.
It's about who you make happy or unhappy purposefully.
It's about keeping or betraying trust.
It's about friendship, used as a sanctity or a weapon.
It's about what you say and mean, maybe hurtful,
   maybe heartening.
About starting rumors and contributing to petty gossip.
It's about what judgments you pass and why.  And who
   your judgments are spread to.
It's about who you've ignored with full control and intention.
It's about jealousy, fear, ignorance, and revenge.
It's about carrying inner hate and love, letting it grow, and
   spreading it.
But most of all, it's about using your life to touch or
   poison other people's hearts in such a way that could
   have never occurred alone.
Only you choose the way those hearts are affected, and
   those choices are what life's all about.